- (transitive) To exaggerate.
1922, Ronald McNeill, Ulster's Stand For Union:
- He never sought to gain or augment the confidence of his followers by concealing facts, minimising difficulties, or overcolouring expectations.
1895, George Meredith, The Amazing Marriage, Complete:
- But simultaneously, the growing force of her mind's intelligence, wherein was no enthusiasm to misdirect by overcolouring, enabled her to gather more than a suspicion of comparative feebleness in the man stripped of his terrors.